“The hallmark of a free and democratic life is a free woman.”
- ASYA ABDULLAH
FemmeLeft general assembly meetings and some of our events are open only to non-cis-male identifying people because we are working to create an equitable society, free of social dominance hierarchies. While we deeply value our male allies, our oppression is often internalized - Womxn silence ourselves. In order to empower womxn and make our sistxrs more comfortable in their minds, bodies, and communities, we prioritize the voices of womxn and femme people. To do this most effectively, we currently reserve our organizing space for womxn and femme people alone. We hope that such a space will engender self-liberation within our sistxrs, and that they will ultimately bring this renewed confidence and inner strength into other activist spaces and their communities.
This practice is largely inspired by the revolutionary socialist women of Rojava. Asya Abdullah, the female co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Union Party explains: “Our first responsibility is to protect our sisters, to protect all women. That’s why our revolution is working, why Arab women and Yazidi women join when they see us. You can’t have real change without putting women at the centre….They say it’s propaganda, that we should merge the women’s units with the men’s units. But they exist as separate for a reason. We have the YPJ because women need their own autonomy, to prove they can do things themselves.”
We recognize that the language we need to describe our organization does not exist. Our space is always open to genderfluid, non binary genderqueer trans women and femme people. If you would like to discuss the words we've chosen to describe this, please reach out to us.